Category Archives: Documentary

Enemies of the People

Teth Sambath is a Senoir Journalist at Phnom Pehn Post. For ten years, he has travelled out in the rural areas of Cambodia to find out what really happened in the Killing Fields, where Khmer Rouge executed its accused political opponents during the regime in 1975-1979. He slowly gains trusts of the perpetrators from the low end of the chains of command who did the killing to the Brother Number Two, Nuon Chea and have them give their testimonies in front of the camera.

And it becomes a stunning rare documentary, Enemies of the People, which is beyond talking about a conflict but more about getting over it.

Teth has got the best asset to look into this topic—he is local. He uses it to make rapports with his subjects to get them speak their stories since no one would open their mouths to any foreign journo, let alone come out in the open and admit the things they have done. Even so, it takes time and patience to track and crack them. However, he never exploits them and very much empathises with them.

It is heartbroken to see the sorrow in Non Chea’s eyes when Teth discloses later on that he, himself, was a victim of Khmer Rouge as his father, mother and brother were killed at the time. Here, there is an interesting balance between a personal journey and an investigative journalism. This makes it such a fine piece of story telling. It is personal but not judgemental.

The Killing Fields story is one of the darkest moments in modern history. In such a human bloodshed story, for this one in particular, we hardly see what comes out from side who commits the violence. Once we witness that in this film, there is nothing but guilt and remorse. We all have that in a certain degree. We are all human, after all.

Pyramids of Waste

A colleague send an email to everyone in the office to watch this Norwegian documentary about and I find that I have to share it to everyone regardless I have not posted anything for months (sorry about that). Here is the description you will find on the page.

Pyramids of Waste (2010) also known as “The lightbulb conspiracy” is a documentary about how our economic system based on consumerism and planned obsolescence is breaking our planet down.
Solutions to this can be found at: The Venus Project The Zeitgeist Movement

It is one of the most thought-provoking films I have watched since the Matrix. It is like you discover an idea in the film which makes sense to you and makes you want to make the different. I believe this is just the start. Start at us, at our thinking. And that how we evolve.

Tony Black Dog Ride

Tony Black Dog Ride from ApostrophePong on Vimeo.

I officially met Tony Hollingsworth at the previous Sydney Social Innovation BarCamp after ran onto each other at Cupcake Camp Sydney in 2009. I shared my own experience of depression in a session on mental illness and later sent him a link to my film, Memory of You | Reflection of Me. When he announced that he was going to have a fundraising and awareness-raising event, Black Dog Ride, I certainly was interested to get involved but was not able to join the convoy. So I put my hands up to edit his footage in the trip from Sydney to in the centre of the continent in Alice Spring them around up to Queensland and back to Sydney in 16 days.

I put my hands up to edit Tony’s videos he had taken in the journey, to show it in his session at the latest Social Innovation Sydney. I got a bunch of his footage and photos and some of them were publish on his blog but had no idea what I was going to with them yet. My aim was to summarise his 16-day riding into a comprehensive video.

The rough approach I made to this work:

  • Sort the media there were taken from both a DSLR camera and a mobile phone Line them up chronologically. With the time frame, unfortunately, I had to exclude the photos in this video.
  • Select good shots on each clip to review it later. At this stage, an idea what I could with it started to form. It was decided to go with a music clip in a rough 16-mm, easy-rider-esque style.
  • Pick a music licensed in Creative Commons. That gave me a framework for the visual. Luckily, I found The Thunder That You Are by Comma the perfect fit for the work.
  • Cut down the 22 minutes of the first selection into 4.30 minutes of film roughly synced with the music and choose a snippet of Angry Anderson’s speech in Alice Spring as the hi-light. An extra rule was to keep all the footage in chronological order.
  • Roughly top and tail the video. Then the arduous tasks of exporting and compressing.

In Australia, suicide rate is higher than the death from road accident, ever more in the remote outback areas. Having the first hand of experience of depression and anxiety, I find that support is an essential part for a person with the illness to get through it and discover their own strength again. In men, it is even harder to admit it, let alone talk about it. Having bikers, who have their own stories about depression, riding across Australia to let the people know that they are not alone and it is ok to seek supports, which are available in many organisations in Australia, is not just blokes are having a fun time on the road. And I am glad to edit this video and enjoy the ride even I was not there.

Thanks to Tony Hollingsworth for letting me access to his videos, Stilgherrian for helping us transfer the chunk of data, Comma for releasing their wonderful music in Creative Commons and, most of all, all the people that made Black Dog Ride happened.

Road to Cowra

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We are going to Cowra, a small town in Central West of New South Wales to film a short documentary for Video Construction class work at COFA. This seems to be an over commitment for a student but I believe that the project we are working on is very significant. It is about providing an education in a remote area and how children’s learning in a constructive environment. Stay tuned for details.